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September 1961   The Initial Teaching Alphabet James Pitman’s Initial Teaching Alphabet is tested in a number of schools The  i.t.a. was regarded as a great idea but a dismal failure. So many children were left floundering in its wake. Talk to anyone today who was taught to read through i.t.a. and they will almost…

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26th August 1961

Dear Diary,

A glorious day that went on into the early hours!

It started for me at 9am, early for a Saturday.  I had a hair appointment at 9.30.  Lena was asleep when I left and still asleep when I returned at 11, feeling very glamorous.

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